Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

4.7
434 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sonoma Cellar is a new California-inspired wine tasting room and bistro in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Offering an authentic California wine tasting experience, Sonoma Cellar will feature hand-selected wines from 180+ Sonoma County boutique wineries and 20+ Virginia-based wineries where guests have the opportunity to taste a number of varietals from these robust growing regions. Sonoma Cellar’s bistro menu will feature freshly prepared craft foods, designed to pair with the wines, and the gift shop will also carry a variety of distinctive wine-related merchandise.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with great service. Nice wine list and healthy food

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vipJessica
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a cheese plate and a couple of glasses of wine each in the outdoor patio area. The wines were excellent and the cheese plate had a good assortment. Perfect setting for after dinner wine - we had a nice dinner at Mia's, then walked over. The space heaters really do their job. Nice patio ambience with the strings of lights and the brick walls, the tall trees. The service was also very good.

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WhitneyW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Always a pleasure to dine there!

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vipElisabethA
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening spent on an other wise rainy and cold night. Enjoyed the excellent service and wonderful food.

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IzaL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great food even better wine. Worth the visit.

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dylanj
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

very warm and inviting atmosphere in a historic building. Food was good and service was excellent.

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JayceonS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would totally recommend...been here a few times...service is on point

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IzaL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really excellent, which was unexpected. Sever was lovely and very helpful with wine selections. Cozy setting with back outdoor courtyard dining, small dining room upstairs or smaller bar tables downstairs. Can't wait for weather to get nicer, outside area really did look great. Also, they take COVID precautions seriously which includes signing in should contact tracing need to occur.

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JanellL
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was pretty good, but the service could use a little work. Very nice, but I couldn't tell who was our server at times. Ordered a couple of things that never came. But overall, nice spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good food. Felt like a safe environment with purifiers and the extra precautions taken.

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vipWineLover
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food (great burger, delicate prawn starters), service and wine at this excellent venue - even with 0C we loved our lunch outside. Will return!

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Moglimc
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve now visited Sonoma Cellar twice and am kicking myself for not trying it earlier. The amazing wine, the amazing food, great atmosphere are just the start. The staff is amazing and know their stuff. The crostinis are amazing: try the different options, you won’t be disappointed. The braised short rib and polenta has no equal.
There is an amazing and pretty courtyard outback plus two floors of seating inside.
Cheers!

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VincentM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Double date went well! Had a nice time having food wine and food with friends.

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vipHudsonCourt
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sonoma is amazing! Their food is easily some of the best in Old Town. Love this local spot and will continue to go

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vipSteveU
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely venue! We ate lunch outdoors in the back right beside a warm fire pit. The food and service was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great vibe! Welcoming!!! Charcuterie board is worthy of a return!!!

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vipDCVol
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit - Jen took good care of us. Pairings and dishes were well-prepared and well-presented. Comfortable ambience. Engaging service. We'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and great service. Would recommend two heaters per table for outside dining during these cold months.

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BrittanyA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The cheese plate was $19 and there were literally 5 small slices of cheese. No explanation on what the cheeses were. They had horrible flavor. We only liked the bread. Wine was not very good either.

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PhilSpence
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diego is an all-star server and so warm in conversation. The food is always incredible (try seafood especially in specials) and I always learn something new about wine.

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SDALXVA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine offerings, and the wine garden in the back was very cozy and enjoyable. Will definitely go back.

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vipJagg
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best spot in Alexandria. Everything from the food to the service (and of course the wine) is excellent.

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vipLaurenM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is very romantic with lights and a fire pit. The heat lamps made the temperature very comfortable. We loved the cheese plate and our entrees. Wonderful experience!

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vipThomas
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and wine selection! Dinner specials were amazing as well as wine pairing recommendations. A must see for a dinner date!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here as an early anniversary treat and had Diego, who brought two flutes of complimentary champagne for the occasion, as our server. We were new to this restaurant, and Diego patiently answered our questions and gave us some awesome suggestions for wine. The food was incredible and everything came out in a timely manner. From the host to the end of our meal, we were delighted to have been guests at this winery. We will definitely return when we’re back in the area!

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Whit
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diego was an absolute delight; he explained each of the wines in great detail. The food and wines were wonderful. Highly recommend.

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ErinO
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Back garden was beautiful. Food and service top notch

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Comic1989
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here...already recommended it to a friend

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BridgetH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely back patio . Great wine list and the food was good!

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leighl
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic lunch experience. The setting was safe, celebratory, and exactly what we were hoping for.

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vipFriends
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We sat outside. Half the ambiance lights didn’t work. Food was just okay. Service was good.

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vipVeggieFoodLover
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We opted to sit outside on the back patio on a chilly October evening to allow social distancing—the heating lamps were needed and I especially enjoyed being near the fire pit. I thoroughly enjoyed my glass of wine and the veggie burger. My husband thought the artichoke dip had a few too many onions, but he demolished his hamburger. Was nice quiet setting for catching up with friends.

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New2Chicago
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and experience. We sat on the back patio. The atmosphere was great, the food expertly prepared. In addition to the wine we ordered, out waiter brought us some samples of wines he thought we would enjoy trying. The red wine dark chocolate brownie dessert was amazing. We will definitely go back.

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Mariela338
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was a solid 2.5 stars. Nothing special, but not the worst food I’ve had. I’m sure there are better quality restaurants around old town to go to.

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vipLaurieC
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Sat outside in garden. Sweet spot. Took COVID precautions seriously.

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MelanieF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our last date night at Sonoma Cellars was less than stellar, and was a definite shift from the quality of the food in the past. I had the halibut with grapefruit avocado salsa- no grapefruit was present, the halibut was mediocre (not worth the cost of the meal), and the iceberg lettuce salad was soggy and flavorless.
My husband's meal of SoCel Shrimp was also lacking- we both needed to ask for salt and pepper.
The key lime pie was OK- it was really more like a shelled pudding than a light & refreshing pie.
We typically love this restaurant, and we were disappointed with our recent experience. I was also disappointed to see the staff in the kitchen not wearing masks; it was on their chin, but definitely not coving their nose/mouth to protect patrons from aerosols which might get on dishes.
The highlight, though, was our attentive waiter, who provided excellent service and welcomed insight on wine & meal pairings. We also love the intimate garden seating! We loved seeing some of the patrons' dogs join them for their meals.
Here's hoping our date night was a fluke, and that future meals are much improved!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Got there 5 min before my reservation and ended up having to wait 15 min before they could seat us because they gave our table away prior. This was under the guise that the table prior would “only be there for drinks” so when I arrived the host said that he’d go “kick them out” meaning: they still needed to finish their drinks, pay and have the table cleaned up. Then that didn’t happen so I waited for another table in the back which again, needed to finish, pay and clean up before we could be seated. They were all super nice about the situation but frustrating nonetheless to have a 7:30pm confirmed reservation only to be seated at 7:45pm. For the inconvenience we were told we would get a complimentary bottle, that didn’t happen either.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my wife. Great service Great food and great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad experience here and make it a point to keep coming back since they have opened!

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vipVASFfan
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really like Sonoma Cellar. The food this time was really great from appetizers (chicken tortilla soup and salmon crostini) thru main courses (hanger steak and beef shortribs) and the dessert (apple gateau). The wine list is short but has some good selections (we chose a very nice petite sirah). We also really enjoyed what I would call the 'nautically themed' upstairs dining room in which we were seated, it spurred a number of conversations between myself and my wife. Our server was also very nice and attentive.

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Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 566-9867.

Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria is rated 4.7 stars by 434 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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